attract twitter followersIt’s no great secret. We all love Twitter followers, and the more the better. But how do you go about getting people to follow you? Of course Tweeting informative, entertaining and interesting Tweets helps, but we all know in reality that following Tweeps and then waiting for some to follow you back is the tried and true winner.

The new Activity tab on Twitter has been a real eye opener for me as I can see in real time who is following who. While many are of course following interesting celebrities and high profile users, there are clearly many who are ‘slather following’. By this I mean, click, follow, click follow without any thought.

Then when they get to 2,000 follow and hardly any follow backs, they give up and reckon Twitter is a waste of time. But with a little bit of selectivity, the rate of people you follow to who follows you back can be quite high indeed. When selecting people to follow, consider the following information before hitting the follow button, and your follower ratio should improve dramatically.

Check the last Tweet date. More than 4 weeks indicates an inactive user who will never be around again to follow you back. My own criteria is not to follow anyone with a last tweet more than 7 days ago.

Beware of users with slightly more followers than follows. While many are fine, there are those who are hooked on getting your follow, then unfollowing you soon after to protect their numbers.

Stay away from ‘teamfollowback’ hash tagged users. Most are spammers looking for new prey.

Keep within your area of interest. If you’re into horses, following tech blogs probably won’t bring you many follow backs.

Check on the number of Tweets sent by a user. Anything less than 100 usually means next to no interaction, so why bother.

No bio, don’t follow. Almost guaranteed to be an auto created account by spammers.

See who your friends follow. Too simple, but highly effective in finding Tweeps who share your interests.

Follow back new followers. (Except obvious spammers)

Lastly, protected accounts. If you wish, but I avoid them. I like the openness of Twitter too much.

So good luck in increasing your follow count and enjoying Twitter.

Tips On Twitter Following
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3 thoughts on “Tips On Twitter Following

  • 17/02/2012 at 4:59 pm
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    Good advice. Thank you. Only one thing: when people don’t tweet for more than 7 days, it could be they are on holidays, like me, and wifi is hard to get or too expensive. I often go away during school half-terms, but will go on line as often as possible.

  • 17/02/2012 at 9:23 pm
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    Good article. Although I’m fairly new to Twitter I do most of those things already. And just yesterday I went through my followers and removed everyone that wasn’t connected to writing in one way or another. Cut my list in half! :)

  • 18/02/2012 at 6:33 am
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    As I sit here on the eve. of my mother’s funeral, whom as you know, passed away on St. Valentines day (A sign of love) as I’m sure my father was waiting for her with a dozen red roses.I find your first tip a little disheartening.
    I’ve barely been online the last 8 months or so. It’s been quite a road! An emotional roller coaster ride to say the least. Starting with my mother’s emotional and then ultimately physical downward spiral.
    I very much miss twitter and fully intend to resume activity when things return to somewhat normal.
    My mother was a wonderful person with an amazing sense of humor. She was a mentor, a poet, a musician, a dancer and a dreamer… She was well loved and will not soon be forgotten. I’m planning on celebrating my mother’s life, laughing with wonderful friends and family tomorrow. ( The way my mom would have wanted it ) I take comfort in knowing that she is happy!
    There are some things that never leave us. A mother’s love is one of them.

    Until we meet again!

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